Caltrain and The City of San Mateo to Hold Public Meeting on Set-Out Track Replacement

Caltrain and The City of San Mateo to Hold Public Meeting on Set-Out Track Replacement


Caltrain and The City of San Mateo will host a community meeting on Tuesday, October 8, to discuss and collect feedback on the replacement San Mateo Set-Out Track.

San Mateo Set-Out Track Community Meeting:
October 8, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
San Mateo City Hall
330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo

The options under consideration are the result of a feasibility assessment by both Caltrain and city leadership following a public meeting on the matter in June. Staff reviewed 28 different options, including options suggested by local residents.

The following feasible options are being considered:

  • Relocate the set-out track just north of the Hayward Park Station, where the majority of the area is zoned for commercial use.
  • Keep the set-out track where it is and provide significant screening such as vegetation and/or a wall.

A "set-out track" is a temporary storage space for train equipment. Unlike a maintenance yard, set-out tracks are located throughout the corridor and allow for efficient use of limited work windows to keep the railroad functioning properly while also supporting capital projects. Caltrain only has one maintenance yard which is a large complex operation and facility that is located in San Jose.

An existing San Mateo Set-Out Track was removed to accommodate construction of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation. Since then, maintenance has either been deferred or done at a higher cost while Caltrain awaits a replacement track. The previous San Mateo Set-Out Track had been in use by Caltrain for 25 years.

To sign up for project updates or for more information, please visit For questions about the project, please call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 or email


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.

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October 4, 2019

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